Final Words & Verdict
The PG32QF2B from ASRock establishes a robust presence in the competitive monitor market. It boasts efficient performance metrics, minimal input lag, and commendable color precision. A minor issue with the gamma setting is present, but potential firmware updates might address it. When the sRGB color temperature setting is activated, and DCR (dynamic contrast) is enabled, the SDR image quality is notable. The panel's color consistency ensures clear visuals across multiple gaming scenarios. Furthermore, there is an absence of significant motion blur, enhancing the display's appeal. The HDR functionality adds to the viewing experience. Integration of the Adaptive Sync technology, specifically AMD Freesync Premium, ensures smooth gameplay even when frame rates approach the lower limit of 35 FPS.
|Aspect Ratio||16:9 (Widescreen)|
|Response Time||1ms (GtG)|
The 32-inch QHD VA display comes with a 165Hz refresh rate, making it compatible for gaming applications. While the pixel density is not as high as some might prefer, it still offers sufficient detail without necessitating the higher specifications of a 4K UHD display. This moderate pixel density means users can opt for more budget-friendly graphics cards, such as the GeForce RTX 4070, without compromising on performance.
The ASRock Phantom Gaming PG32QF2B is a competitively priced Quad HD gaming monitor. It provides commendable color coverage, enhancing the clarity and speed of gaming graphics, and is positioned at a cost of 275 EUROs, making it a notable choice in its segment. However, for those in search of an economical 1440p monitor but not necessarily seeking an ultra-wide, it lacks some features, such as a USB hub, USB-C input, and a KVM switch. The 32-inch display consumes approximately 35 Watts at 50% brightness and produces high-quality visuals with colors well-suited for gaming and entertainment. The DPI density is moderate. The display offered clear and distinct gameplay, free from errors. Additionally, the colors portrayed are natural and well-balanced, steering clear of the overt saturation commonly seen in several gaming monitors reviewed recently. Out of the box, the monitor's calibration is appropriate. Its Delta-E average stands at 4, within average ranges. The monitor's DCI-P3 coverage is appreciated for HDR displays, with recorded coverage at 90%. The monitor's 165Hz refresh rate coupled with low input lag ensures fluidity, displaying really okay pixel response with minimal overshoot. The monitor's stand is reasonably sturdy, providing the expected flexibility for an big monitor. However, it does exhibit some instability, which means slight disturbances can cause it to wobble, even though it remains upright. An interesting component of the included stand is its integrated Wi-Fi antenna, which, though primarily a space-saving feature for PC gamers utilizing Wi-Fi, outperformed standard PC antennas in tests, particularly in terms of signal strength and data transfer rate on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks.
While the monitor boasts this unique Wi-Fi antenna in its stand, it lacks a USB hub, which might have been a more universally useful feature. The Adaptive-Sync feature is compatible with both Nvidia and AMD hardware, with input lag below average, making the PG32QF2B an adept gaming display. Considering its sub-$300 price point, the PG32QF2B offers good value. It proves to be a competent option for those with mid-range tier gaming PCs or consoles.